Friday, October 25, 2013

The Perfect Pumpkin Pie

The Perfect Pumpkin Pie
by Denys Cazet
Recommended ages 3 and up
I know, I know...The Perfect Pumpkin Pie sounds like it should be read on Thanksgiving. Maybe on Christmas sometimes. But I promise you that this story takes place on Halloween.

Mr. Wilkerson is a crabby old man who insists that his wife make him perfect pies. Lucky for her, he kicks the bucket one Halloween night, and she buries him in the yard and moves away. The next Halloween, Jack and his grandmother are about to dig into a pumpkin pie when the ghost of Mr. Wilkerson assaults them, chanting, "Pumpkins, pumpkins, pumpkin pie!" If they don't bake him a perfect pumpkin pie, he'll haunt them forever. Luckily, Grandmother is a smart, sassy old lady who knows just what to do.

This is a nice change from the usual stories about witches and cutesy ghosts. (Although I love those stories, too.) My only warning is that for some children, the illustrations might be a little too gross. But then again, for other children, that will be the best part.

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